Rodeo teams earn matching fifth-place finishes in Colby

SWOSU Athletics
Doug Self, Sports Information Director

COLBY, Kan. – The SWOSU Rodeo Team opened the 2018-19 season over the weekend with a trip to Colby, Kan., to compete against the rest of the Central Plains Region. Both Bulldog teams had strong performances, putting 13 individuals in the short go on Sunday before earning fifth place in both team standings.

SWOSU accumulated 162.5 points on the women’s side of things behind strong performances in breakaway, goat tying and barrel racing. Taylor Lagasse won the short round and placed second in the average of breakaway

“Overall, the team performed and executed very well,” SWOSU Head Rodeo Coach Mike Visnieski said. “We had 13 players qualify for the short go and several more just out of it. Taylor Lagasse, Kenzie Huffman and Shanna Simmons really shined and Nathan Hatchel, Wyatt Lohman and Brady Burton all made really nice rides in the long round. We have lots of work to do to get better, but the chemistry and mindset is really good with this team.”

Next up for the Bulldog Rodeo teams is a trip to Durant on September 27-29 for the Southeastern Oklahoma State Rodeo.

Colby, Kansas Rodeo
Friday-Sunday, Sept. 14-16
Colby, Kan. (Thomas County Fairgrounds)


Women’s Team Results Team Score
1. Panhandle State 330
2. Oklahoma State 210
3. Northwestern Okla. 205
4. Southeastern Okla. 190
5. SWOSU 162.5
Men’s Team Results Team Score
1. Southeastern Okla. 560
2. Panhandle State 475
3. Fort Scott CC 330
4. Northwestern Okla. 305
5. SWOSU 190
Breakaway Roping Long Round Short Round Average
Taylor Lagasse 2.9 sec, 6th 2.4 sec, 1st 5.3 sec, 2nd
Kenzie Huffman 2.8 sec, 5th NT
Saddle Bronc
Wyatt Lohman 72 pts, 7/8 NS
Brady Burton 72 pts, 7/8 NS
Goat Tying
Winter Williams 7.1 sec, 6/7 7.2 sec, 5th 14.3, 5th
Shelby Lankford 7.4 sec, 9/10/11 7.3 sec, 6/7 14.7, 7/8
Kenzie Huffman 7.0 sec, 3/4/5 12.8 sec, 11th 19.8, 11th
Team Roping
Sloan Smith 9.4 sec, 10/11 6.7 sec, 3rd 16.1 sec, 3rd
Nate Johnsrud (OPSU)
Blake Adams 7.0 sec, 3rd NT 6th
Luke Meier (OPSU)
Taylor Lagasse 9.0 sec, 9th NT
Trey Hall (OPSU)
Barrel Racing
Shanna Simmons 16.75, 1st 16.75, 2nd 33.50, 2nd
Kenzie Huffman 16.97, 3rd 16.98, 3rd 33.95, 4th
Bull Riding
Nathan Hatchel 84 pts, 1st NS 2nd